Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

MHUB - January 1, 2015
Province/State AB
Province/State:  Alberta
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Mechanic Programs: Heavy Equipment • Parts Technician

Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship Program Summary:

Apprenticeship training is a traditional system that incorporates a combination of on the job training and periods of technical training at an Institute such as NAIT.  The apprentice normally spends ten months of the year at his/her place of employment and two months at NAIT.  This combination is time proven; allowing an apprentice to gain practical skills, learn effective behaviour, and relevant technical knowledge.

Length: 8 weeks per period

The Heavy Equipment Industry is very diverse and typically apprentices specialize in a certain field of repair.  The major categories being on-highway vehicles and off-highway equipment.  On highway industries include fleet transport, logging, oilfield and others. Off highway industries include mining, oilfield construction, logging, civil constuction, ect.

Technical training at NAIT is undertaken in eight-week periods and includes a combination of classroom and shop activities in the labs using common components and machinery.  NAIT's Heavy Equipment staff of 25 has been drawn from several distinct segments of the industry and attempts to educate apprentices in a thorough manner.


Program Contact Details:

NAIT Main Campus

Phone: 780.471.7800

Fax: 780.471.8470

E-mail:  [email protected]


Parts Technician Apprenticeship Program Summary:

Parts pre-employment and apprenticeship offered through NAIT. Students will earn a Journeyman Red-Seal certificate in Parts upon completion. Learn parts for Automotive, heavy equipment and heavy truck industries. Focus on how parts are used, ordering, customer service and inventory control.

NAIT provides all three periods of technical training:

  • First Period is eight weeks in length (240 hours).

  • Second and Third Period are each six weeks (180 hours).

NAIT provides two methods of obtaining training.  One is the normal block release system where the Apprentice attends school full days (six hours) for eight or six weeks depending upon the Period.

The second method is the WATS (Weekly Apprentice Training System).  The Apprentice attends one day per week (1:15 to 7:45 p.m.) for forty weeks (First Period) or thirty weeks (Second and Third Period).  This system allows students to maintain full employment while attending school.  The WATS is especially favourable for those Apprentices who live in close proximity to NAIT.


Program Contact Details:

Edmonton, Main Campus

Phone: (780) 471-7688

E-mail:  [email protected]


NAIT is one of Canada's foremost institutions for quality technical education. Since 1963, NAIT has specialized in practical, career oriented education that prepares graduates to meet the needs of employers in business and industry. Each program features a balanced blend of theory and hands on training taught by instructors who have extensive experience in today's workplace. NAIT programs are constantly reviewed with representatives from business, industry, and professional groups to ensure that graduates will possess the knowledge and skills that will make them job ready.

NAIT has four campuses in the Edmonton region including the NAIT main campus, home to the state of the art NAIT HP Centre for Information and Communications Technology and the NAIT Spartan Centre for Instrumentation Technology.


Areas of Expertise

NAIT offers a wide variety of programs focused on the career areas of information technology, electrical and electronics technology, mechanical and manufacturing technology, building sciences, health sciences, business, hospitality and culinary arts, and resources and environmental management. NAIT is also renowned as Alberta's leading trainer in apprenticeship trades. In addition, NAIT's academic upgrading and English as a Second Language programs prepare students for success.